ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, July 31, 2007—The Office of Faith Formation of the Diocese of Rockville Centre will host its first annual Cornerstone Conference Saturday, September 22, 2007 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at St. John the Baptist High School, West Islip. The Most Reverend William Murphy, bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre, will celebrate Mass at 9:00 a.m.

The conference will provide a day of enrichment for parish staff and volunteers involved in family ministry, marriage preparation, marriage enrichment and baptism ministries, as well as anyone interested in support groups for singles, separated, divorced and widowed.

“We want to get across what family ministry is,” said Kathleen Logan, associate director of Family Life in the Office of Faith Formation. “It’s about forming people in their faith throughout all their lives. That’s why it’s so involved and varied.”

The conference will begin with registration for two one-hour workshops, Mass and a light breakfast. At 10:45 a.m., keynote speaker Dr. John Grabowski, associate professor of moral theology at the Catholic University of America, Washington will present his topic, “Spirituality for Families in the 21st Century.”

From 12:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., participants will eat lunch and attend information sessions on various diocesan ministries.

The 27 workshops offered by qualified presenters will include Single Parents and Stress; The Digital Revolution and Your Kids; Praying with the Sick; and Cultivating a Prayer Life within Children and Youth. Three workshops will be offered in Spanish and one will be offered in American Sign Language.

The day will end with a closing prayer.

Logan said goals for the conference include attracting a variety of age groups, as well as encouraging involvement in the Pastoral Formation Institute, a two-year process of spiritual, theological, personal and ministerial formation for Catholics.

Participation cost is $25.00 per person.

The conference was made possible through support from publishers Benzinger, Harcourt, Liturgical Press, Loyola Press, RCL, Sadlier and Silver Burdett Ginn.

For directions to the conference site, please visit www.stjohnsdhs.org and click on “direction.”

To register, please contact Kathleen Logan at 516-678-5800 ext. 236.


Editor’s Note: Photo Courtesy of the Diocese of Rockville Centre

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About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
Celebrating its Golden Jubilee, the Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.4 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 2.8 million). There are 134 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 18,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 19,000 first communions and 4,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are approximately 22,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,300 in higher institutions. There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese. There are also 120,189 total students in religious education. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 59,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (4/20/07)
 

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